Pro bono

Pro bono

Serving individuals in need and organizations that make a difference

White & Case is one of the world's largest providers of free legal services to individuals, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations and communities in need.

For more than 100 years, we have applied our legal skills and knowledge towards pro bono efforts to strengthen the rule of law, fight injustice and protect the environment. 

More than 100 partners and counsel serve as Pro Bono Leaders, who help White & Case's Global Pro Bono Practice achieve lasting impacts worldwide.


High-impact successes for the public good

Our cutting-edge pro bono work—including projects addressing racial and gender equality, immigrant rights and climate change—makes a tangible difference in people's lives. Our Racial Justice Task Force, in particular, works to eliminate these inequities through criminal justice system reform, education and economic empowerment.

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Partnering with clients, NGOs and others

We undertake a wide variety of successful pro bono collaborations with our corporate clients and provide free legal assistance to more than 800 nonprofits and non-governmental organizations that focus on human rights, access to justice, good governance, environmental protection and social issues.

Globales Netzwerk (global network)

100 percent Firmwide participation

Every year, lawyers in all of our offices and 100 percent of our practices participate in pro bono. In 2023, our people contributed more than 105,000 hours of free legal services to assist our pro bono clients and partner organizations.

Pro bono secondments

Our associates discuss their two-week secondments with European Lawyers in Lesvos.


Below are highlights of external recognition for our pro bono work.

Click here to view our full list of awards.

2022 Pro Bono Firm of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal has named White & Case as its 2022 "Pro Bono Firm of the Year" based on the Firm’s "outstanding work" in 2021 at its Who’s Who Legal Awards 2022.

Named “Pro Bono Innovator”

Bloomberg Law has named White & Case to its inaugural class of 15 "Pro Bono Innovators" at its 2022 Pro Bono Innovators awards. Honorees were selected for their outstanding commitment to "pro bono work for the underserved."

International Pro Bono Firm of the Year

In its tenth annual ceremony, the Women in Business Law Awards Europe honored White & Case as International Pro Bono Firm of the Year for its pro bono work advancing the rights of women and minority groups.

Asylum collaboration wins two CSR awards

The Greece Pro Bono Collaborative, an ambitious project on which White & Case provides pro bono services, was recognized by the Financial Times and Legal Week with awards for outstanding innovation in corporate social responsibility.


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pro bono hours in 2023


total pro bono matters in 2023

Highlights of our pro bono work

Our global pro bono work responds to the pressing challenges of the day.

A group of five multi-generational family members, three male, two female, embrace in a backyard with their backs to the camera.
A force for good
Multipronged effort helps individuals disproportionately affected by our criminal justice system and addresses racial injustice
A community nurse, left, shares information on a clipboard with three teenage girls, right. The group stands by a wooden fence in front of a shack in an informal settlement in Africa.
An impactful bond
Structuring a Development Impact Bond that enhances reproductive health services for girls in Kenya
A female volunteer, right, and Ukrainian refugee woman, left, sit on steps in a train station, both looking at a document the volunteer is holding and explaining
Pro bono in wartime
Firm provides humanitarian and legal aid to Ukraine
Two teenage girls facing each other raise their fists against a late-afternoon blue sky. One girl, left, looks up, while the other, right, looks into the distance. The wind blows their hair.
Ending child marriage in the United States
Momentum continues to build as we helped change laws in three more states, bringing the total to ten states
Image from a camera half-submerged in the tropical waters of Lissenung Island, Papua New Guinea. Under water, dense and varied green coral is visible. Above water, an island and a person paddling a traditional outrigger canoe are silhouetted against a vibrant orange sunset.
Swapping debt for nature
The Firm's latest debt-for-nature swap was among the first to tap into a newly reauthorized US law
Two pairs of hands, one left, one right, wash leafy greens in a red bucket, under a stream of water from a water gravity system in a village in northern Sierra Leone. The water is drawn from a local mountain.
Clean water, effective sanitation
Our legal research for Human Right 2 Water helps push essential needs toward becoming legally protected human rights

Photo by © European Lawyers in Lesvos
Lawyers and interpreters with European Lawyers in Lesvos provide advice to refugees.